Journalist have talked breathlessly about the upcoming solar eclipse which will happen on August 21, but another fantastic astronomic event will happen this weekend. The Perseid Meteor Shower, which will see meteors streak through the night sky, will be active this weekend and present a dazzling sight for intrepid stargazers.
Some reports claim that this year’s Perseid showers will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history, but NASA unfortunately debunked these claims. The space agencythat they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 1833, another Leonid storm reportedly had a rate of at least tens of thousands meteors per hour.